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Give the Gift of Wine

There really isn’t anything more special than a DIY’d gift. But let’s be honest, it can be hard to find classy, adult DIY options. Enter the Craft A Brew Wine Kit. Yep, you can make your own wine – what’s more adult and classy than that?! As someone who will never say no to a glass of wine, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make my own!

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The kits (which retail for $60 USD) make five bottles of wine so you’re getting a pretty good price per bottle! So, the economics of it check out. Now I’ll share some overall takeaways I have from the process itself:

  • This is not a solo project – but I think part of the fun of it is sharing the experience with someone else!
  • It was really cool to see the science behind wine making! Because you are turning juice into wine it’s going to go through a lot of chemical changes so don’t be alarmed if it looks a little weird or things are moving around.
  • After phase one you have to get the wine out of the jug and into a pan to add some more components to get your wine to the finish line. I gotta be honest, this step wasn’t fun for me. It was a little frustrating but ultimately we (my boyfriend was so kind and acted as my wine making assistant) figured it out!
  • Be sure to read the instruction manual in its entirety before starting the process. I was super excited to get to making my wine and I think if I would have read through every step it would have been beneficial.

CAB2In the end, the wine tasted pretty good but for me it was just cool to know that I made it! I loved checking in on my wine every day to see how things were changing with it.

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The whole process takes a month so if you start soon you’ll have wine ready to go for Mother’s Day to celebrate all of the special ladies in your life and National Wine Day to celebrate well…your special love of wine. I also think it would be so fun to buy the kit and go through the wine making process with your mom or girlfriends! Here are some more of our favorite wine-centric items to mix in with your gift or girls night:

PS – thanks to Craft A Brew for sending me the pinot grigio wine making kit. All opinions are my own!

What I’m Into Right Now: Design & Decor

Having just moved from a 700 sq. ft apt into a 1,000 sq. ft apt,  I’m quite delighted by the amount of closet space I now have (not that there’s that much extra closet space, but you know, when J. Crew calls…)

This also explains the reason why I haven’t been blogging for a really long time. You see, I’ve been apt hunting and packing and moving and cleaning and finally…the fun part: Designing and Decorating!

Thought I’d share some of my design inspiration and new decor ideas!
I bring you, What I’m Into Right Now:


Crane & Canopy Bedding

I especially LOVE that it’s a startup and a husband + wife duo!

Crane & Canopy Bedding

Crane & Canopy Bedding Crane & Canopy Bedding


Marble Top Tables


Room and Board | Marble Tables
Room and Board | Marble Tables
Room and Board | Marble Tables
Sometimes I wish I didn’t have such expensive taste…

But to combat this issue, I’ve been doing things like:

Getting up at the crack of dawn on Saturday mornings in an attempt to score some fancy furniture at 70% off;
Scouring Craigslist for designer finds in great condition,
Keeping my eye on estate sales in key zip codes,

And Spray Painting Things Gold.

In order to make things look EXTRA LUXE, I’ve gotten really into spray painting things gold. I think the bf is getting really sick of me saying, “But what if I painted it gold?! Then it would look totally fab…”
Although I think it’s growing on him because just tonight I caught him reading Glitter & Goat Cheese

This IKEA Hack is at the top of my list:
IKEA Hack | Gold Bookshelf
IKEA Hack Gold Bookshelf


And to Accessorize…

Apothocary Jars!

I mean, they’re just so versatile. You can keep your soap collection OR your fruit collection in them.
But seriously…look at these beautes:

Apothecary Jars
Apothocary Jars
{Hint: they are like dirt cheap at Home Goods}

 

Throw Pillows

Throw Pillows

and just to throw myself a curveball…I actually bought a couch that comes with throw pillows.
Probably a wise decision considering I could easily spend $250+ on throw pillows alone…
Martha's New Couch!Editor’s Note: I’ll be recovering the front two pillows that look like they have French graffiti handwriting all over them. I’ll opt for a POP of color instead. Suggestions? Tweet me!


{Nautical} Vinyl Wall Decals

I know what you’re thinking…they’re tacky and I hate them! I was totally with you until I saw these…

Nautical Anchor Wall Decals
and I knew I absolutely had to have them.

…Are you sensing a nautical theme yet? Come Sail Away

And for finishing touches…

Quirky Knobs & Hooks!
Anthro Knobs | The JCR Girlsvia Anthro

Now back to oogling Houzz, Pinterest HouseBeautiful for more inspiration…

I’m getting the itch to try a few new DIY projects, including some of these. I’ll throw them up on the blog when they’re done!

In the meantime…what are your favorite sources for design + decor ideas? Have any ideas for making your living space more like a J. Crew store? Tell us!

XO,

Marty

J. Who? Stop Teesin’ Me.

Many of these looks beg the question: “J. Who?”
As in: J. Crew, do you REALLY sell these things? No teasin’?
Or “Teesin’ ” as we will refer to it here on out as many of the “J. Who? Whaa?” questions refer to totally wack t-shirts.

That’s HOT!

Literally, you will be so hot in this top. $795 for a leather tee? Wait, did you say leather tee? Is it just me or do short sleeves = warm weather and leather = cold weather and/or bikers that don’t want their skin torn off?

Shimmering  Silk and Lurex Jacquard

…T-shirt? Say Whaaa?

The Dulcie Mini is pretty fly though (Imagine with a fancy white sleeveless collared shirt? So CHIC!)

Shimmerveil Tee: Silk/Lurex® plus the Midas Touch

Yes, it is veiled in shimmer. Which is kinda cool, but at the same time feels a bit like a short-sleeved swimsuit. “The brilliant fabric, a mix of silk and metallic threading, comes to us from a venerable Italian mill..Our designer crafted this smoldering beauty in a universally flattering silhouette with a drape so fluid, it’s like wearing liquid gold

I made need some liquid courage to sport this liquid gold thing!

You can also get the Shimmerveil Dress, which is equally stunning and startling. GLitz. Glam. Dare I say Gaudiness?

Spahkle at Sea
J. Crew shimmer striped dress
A Mariner’s Stripe Sprinkled with Confetti? Bringing a whole new meaning to yacht party.

For the do-it-yourselfer: Shower in glitter KE$HA style!

Marled Sweatshirt Tee
J. Crew Marled Sweatshirt Tee

Save $55 and Do-It-Yourself:
Take old sweatshirt. Make long sleeves short sleeves by way of scissors. Keep edges raw. If you have some leftover material you can Make Matching Shorts!

Well there you have it! Some tee-rific ideas for DIY projects. Check the J. Crew website for the 95% of new arrivals I did not make fun of in this post. Mostly because the did not make me say: “J. Who?” and instead simply tempted me to drop em in my shopping cart…

What are your New Arrival Favs? Let us know via Twitter @JCrewReview!